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Smart Women Don't Get Wrinkles: Look and Feel Ten Years Younger without Effort Kindle Edition
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My main criticism is that it comes across as if the author has spoken random thoughts into a recording device, which were then transcribed by a robot. The author does not appear to have a sound grasp of the content, which is superficial, inaccurate or incomplete. Certainly, no editor has come near the text, let alone a proof-reader. If a poorly-edited book is a slap in the face to the reader, then this book is a right hook! Little care has been taken to ensure the contents make sense, or that the sentences are grammatically correct, properly punctuated, or that the vocabulary is accurate. There are switches from first to second person, non-sentences and many changes in tone. It is tiresome, bordering on infuriating, to wade through. If you managed to read it to the end without giving up, you have earned my admiration.
Here is a sample of the errors strewn throughout:
Poor punctuation / Non-sentences
• “And if everyone wants to sit in the sun for a cup of tea I either wear a hat or engineer a bit of shade. (sic) contrary (sic) to popular belief, you can actually tan in the shade.”
• “Always making sure I brush and smooth upwards on my neck.”
• “Going back to the lips.”
• “Which is still a lot longer than my normal make-up.”
• “Because you can have as many facelifts as you like and dye your hair as black as your hat, but there’s not much point in it if you can’t move is there?”
• “This is not the way to go lads.”
• “But actually people do.”
• “Every time you are offered something to drink, be it at the hairdresser’s or at a meeting ask for water.”
• “less wrinkles”
• “Then you gradually do less and less (sic) highlights.”
• “one in ten children are (sic) obese”
• “None of us drink (sic) enough water”
• “She went on to write 10 novels in total, many of them bestseller (sic) … “
Vocabulary / Spelling errors / Meaning
• “Vitamin C … loses its efficiency (sic) once the bottle is opened.”
• “The gaps are extremely ageing, and effect (sic) very slim women more than others.”
• “She estimates that without dying (sic) my hair I would be around 50 per cent grey.”
• “According to Birmingham Professor Janet Lord …”
[Is she an expert on the city of Birmingham? This is found first in Chapter 9. It is only in Chapter 10 that she is properly introduced, with her full job title and department name, and located within the University of Birmingham.]
Meaningless / unquestioning / inadequate scientific understanding
• “Serum … it’s one of those words, a bit like anti-oxidant or peptide, that sends me into a panic. I know I should be using one, but what is it, and what does it do?”
She explains this as:
• “The reason being that they contain active ingredients …”
[Yes, indeed, this is how some of her ‘sentences’ start!]
In fact, ALL worthwhile skincare products will contain active ingredients! The rest of the ingredients, such as in a moisturiser, will be emollients and emulsifiers which give it its texture (e.g. light fluid, lotion, or balm) and preservatives to keep everything from deteriorating, and sometimes fragrance. This is a nonsensical definition.
She continues her definition:
• “ … and are chemically formulated with smaller molecules so that they can penetrate deeper into the skin than your moisturiser.”
Here she is correct. Most serums are transparent, with a light gel-like texture that absorbs easily into the skin. They are ideal for delivering effective concentrations of active ingredients. However, if you actually wanted to know which active ingredients, and at what concentrations to look for in a serum to prevent skin damage and wrinkles, you will not discover them here! She writes only:
• “These are things like Vitamin C and antioxidants (such as green tea) …”
And she says that one particular serum:
• “ … plumps up your wrinkles with Hyaluronic Acid and Glycine Saponin – no you don’t need to know what they are.”
Her final, absurd thought on this subject:
• “Don’t be scared by serums, just treat them with care.”
She quotes a German woman who runs a “natural skin clinic” in London. She has “a list of letters after her name”, but exactly what qualifications these are, and where she obtained them, is not stated. This woman is said to have a strong interest in nutrition. Certainly, she makes sweeping statements on this topic, which the author does not question. For instance:
• “Interestingly she is not in favour or vegetarianism or a vegan diet. ‘You need a good mixture of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates … the vegetarian or vegan diet is often not the best because you get a lot of sugar from that diet. (sic)’”
• “eat what is around you, eat good seasonal local food, not something imported.”
This is extremely restrictive: it means that for anyone living in the UK, eliminating, for example, bananas – a brilliant source of potassium, vitamin B6, fibre and prebiotics, or citrus fruits – with their high levels of vitamin C, plus fibre, calcium, pineapples and coconuts. All are packed with excellent nutrients, which it would be pointless to exclude from your diet.
When this German woman does advocate specific foods that are good for skin health, she recommends these that are NOT grown in the UK; some not even in Europe, contradicting the previous statement in its entirety:
• Brazil nuts
The author mentions a company that makes bespoke creams based on your own DNA. Fair enough. However, in the process she shows little intellectual curiosity about the product ingredients:
• “ … all over the counter (sic) products use the top 10 anti-ageing ingredients to create skin creams”
She does not say what these are. It is also a sweeping claim by this company, which she does not scrutinize. She explains that the base cream the company uses (to which they add apparently DNA-specific ingredients) contains “citrus oil”. This is vague: there are many citrus oils - for instance, bergamot, orange, petit grain, lemon, lime, mandarin, etc.
Worryingly, lavender oil and citrus oils can irritate the skin. All citrus oils are photosensitizers, which means that if these are on your skin and you go outdoors, they will react in the light, oxidise, and damage your skin.
In conclusion, many other far superior books have been well researched and written by authors who take pride in presenting a valuable resource, showing due respect for the reader. Examples include Love Your Skin: The Ultimate Guide To A Glowing Complexion by Abigail James, and The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: Busting Beauty Myths So You Know What to Use and Why by Paula Begoun. Do not waste your time and energy with this dud.
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